Here's a quick round up of my current favourites and not so favourites this month. It's been a while since I've done such a post so I have quite a few items included in this one!
e.l.f. Illuminating Palette
I reviewed this palette in detail here. It’s supposed to bring a soft glow to your face, but I found it had no more glow than a banana. The lightest shade has a bit of shimmer to it, but the remaining 3 shades are duds for me. Just seeing it in my vanity drawer not being used upsets me.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth, Youth Liquid Peel
I couldn’t do a favourites post without including my new skin care love from The Body Shop. As I am obsessed with getting smoother skin and smaller pores, this product is my go-to exfoliant. Reviewed in detail here, this liquid peel removes dead skin cells as the gel is massaged into your skin. You can actually see little balls of dead skin being removed; utterly gross and satisfying at the same time. Don’t believe me? Check out the pics in the review link above.
Dirty Little Secrets Blush in “Kitty Pink”
I received this blush in my March Ipsy Bag and I’ve been loving it to death. The blush is super pigmented and is one of the few blushes that actually lasts on my face all day (since my face tends to eat blush somehow?). The soft pink shade (which looks more peachy in the photo) makes it perfect all year round for a fresh flush of colour.
Estee Lauder Clear Difference Mattifying Cream
Reviewed here, this cream is great for oilier skin types. It has a soft, minty fragrance and feels refreshingly cool when applied to the skin. The gel-cream texture absorbs within seconds for a soft, matte finish and feels amazing. A great base for makeup.
Dermadeli Rejuvenating Toner Spray
I received this hydrating toner spray in my February Ipsy Bag. The small size makes it great for travelling, it sprays a soft, even mist and the toner itself feels great. The problem? This toner stinks…like bathroom cleaner; think PineSol. I would dread applying it because the smell was so overpowering and gross. I’ve since kept the bottle because I love the sprayer and have decanted my Aveeno Positively Radiant Toner into it instead.
Real Techniques Blush Brush
My old blush brush has been falling apart over this last year, so I decided to pick up the raved about Real Techniques Blush Brush. This brush has super soft bristles and feels like a kitten applying blush to your face. So what’s my beef? The bristles are a little too fluffy. I like a bit of stiffness to my bristles so I can really target where my blush goes, and these bristles go all over the place. I might clean it up and give it to my daughter, who loves using my makeup brushes to “paint” my walls.
Cerave SPF 30 Facial Moisturizing Lotion – Normal to Oily Skin
I’ve been using this cream for the last few months and it’s a lifesaver for oilier skin types looking for a non-greasy SPF and moisturizer in one. It absorbs into the skin quickly and works well under my makeup. I usually find one pump to be enough and I like to apply it onto my face and neck using damp hands for easier spreading and blending. Don’t waste your time with its nasty competitor Cetaphil, whose SPF 50 moisturizer will leave your skin an oily mess.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Contouring Brush
I wanted to up my contour game with the e.l.f. contouring brush. It’s narrow, densely packed bristles allow for a more precise and sharp contour. However, I found this brush didn’t really allow me to blend out the powder very well and it made the contour too sharp and unnatural. I’ve seen this brush used to apply and blend out cream contour, so I might save it for that application instead. For now, it’s been demoted to my “not in use” drawer.
Have you tried any of these beauty items?